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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm very glad to see both Mandriva/Mandrake and Slackware recover from their lean times. I hope Mandriva's business model is still viable now that they aren't the only easy install graphical desktop distro. The Linux Distro Chooser (LDC) [zegeniestudios.net] is a Beta tool, so it's not surprising it has some rough edges. It's a good idea though. So it's good to help make it better. My comments:

    • I could wish the Yes/No icons were active, instead of having to hit the smaller Yes/No words;
    • dragging the mouse from the last Quest
    --
    Bill
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • The free-as-in-beer Mandriva distribution you can download contains only OSS. Things like Acrobat Reader, Flash et alii must be bought. So, yes, to packs are not OSS-only. But software updates for OSS are (like all OSS packaged for Mandriva) also available free of charge. They're mostly security updates and bug fixes.
      • Ahh. LDC [zegeniestudios.net] is describing the main or commercial version of Mandriva/Mandrake, full "Membership" version, since it lists the commercially licensed extras installed automagically as an advantage (Why would you want non-free? to get these goodies easily, it basically says.)

        So the downloadable ISO edition (called the free Demo in LDC or DistroWatch [distrowatch.com]) is free in both senses, but also free (3rd sense) of the ease of use of the thou-shalt-no-redistribute items.

        Perhaps their rules-base needs two entries, one for

        --
        Bill
        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;